ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida trades day inspires high school students


Florida Construction News staff writer

The ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida held a Trades Day event in February, aimed at inspiring and educating high school students about career opportunities in the construction industry.Trades Day served as a platform for students to explore various trades within the construction sector, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, and more. Through interactive workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, participants gained valuable insights into the diverse career paths available in the industry.

“We were excited to host Trades Day as part of our ongoing efforts to empower the next generation of construction professionals,” said Lauren Atwell, Trades Committee Chair of ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida. “This event provided students with a unique opportunity to engage with industry experts, learn about different trades, and envision a rewarding career in construction.”

The event featured presentations from professionals in the field, showcasing real-lworld projects and personal experiences. Students also had the chance to network with mentors and potential employers.

By bridging the gap between education and industry, ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida hoped to inspire a new generation of innovators and problem-solvers who will shape the future of construction.

Trades Day was open to high school students from across Northeast Florida who were interested in exploring career opportunities in construction. Participation was free for students thanks to event sponsors: ABC First Coast, ACP, American-Electrical Contracting, Auld & White Constructors, Beard Equipment, Brasfield & Gorrie, Campbell Plumbing and Mechanical, Haskell, ICG Builds, JE Abercrombie, Stonewall Masonry, Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Ring Power, Tulsa Welding, Superior Construction, and W.W. Gay.

The ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging, inspiring, and enlightening high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction.


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